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Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  576 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
The Earthmen came by the handful, then the hundreds, then the millions. They swept aside the majestic, dying Martian civilization to build their homes, shopping malls, and cities. Mars began as a place of boundless hopes and dreams, a planet to replace an Earth sinking into waste and war. It became a canvas for mankind’s follies and darkest desires. Ultimately, the Earth
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Jun 04, 2017 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a weird, mostly repetitive, dark, not very fun time.
Jul 20, 2011 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A couple of qualifiers:

1) I almost never read graphic novels and when I do, I mostly wish I was just reading a novel. I liked the Fahrenheit 451 adaptation well enough, but didn't think it really held a candle to the book. Also, I don't care for the style of artwork you often find in graphic novels and I hate reading anything written in all caps. So I'm not coming at this book as an appreciator of the medium.

2) The Martian Chronicles is my favorite book of all time. I know much of it practical
Jan 03, 2012 zxvasdf rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love The Martian Chronicles. I remember it being the first sf novel I read that wasn't from the children's corner. Rocket Summer won me over. The novel enthralled me with its lyrical quality, dreamlike sequences of madness, subterfuge, hypocrisy, then finally, a redemption of sorts.

So... no offense to the artist, but this graphic novel doesn't live up to the grandeur of the novel. It's just a matter of taste, and it's not mine. I pictured vibrant colors, bold and fluid lines, and perhaps a col
Jul 08, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago and I can still remember the visions and the words. Rock Hudson looking into the pool of water and declaring who the Martians were. Loved it!
Sep 19, 2011 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: 7, sf, graphic-novel, 2011
Dave got this one from the library and, since it was sitting there, I thought I'd give it a read. I remember my father reading this one and him watching the 1979 miniseries. I must have come in at the end, as the only part I remembered was the very end with the father saying "here are the Martians." Those memories were enough for me to decide to give the graphic novel a try.

I'm not that good with graphic novels (I miss a lot as I'm a written word person rather than a visual person) and consideri
This is an OK adaptation of The Martian Chronicles, but the strength of the original stories is in Bradbury's language, so once you've stripped the majority of that away what you're left with is much diminished.

The artwork is fine and would work OK with something more plot-driven, but it failed to convey to me the pain, grief, loss and nostalgic yearning of the original. It would have taken something special and amazing to convey that artistically, and Calero just didn't do it.

If you haven't rea
Sep 20, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
At $30, I am not quite sure who this book is for. Libraries with declining and sometimes empty book budgets don't need to spend that much money on a graphic adaptation of The Martian Chronicles, especially one with poor graphics. I love The Martian Chronicles and I love Ray Bradbury even more. It has been quite a while since I read the classic collections of tales set in an alien world with human themes. I was swept up again into the world of Bradbury's masterful creation. However, young childre ...more
Richard Herman
May 05, 2011 Richard Herman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone seeking good literature - and sanity
Recommended to Richard by: My DAD
Bradbury was my first "favorite writer" back in the 60s. He is a man out of time - an anachrnoism. The night (change) surrounds him, but he crys out against it - - and that makes for some of the finest sf ever written. This series of short stories is a reexamination of our conquest of America. How we drove out the real owners and "took over" and brought everything we were running away from in Europe, with us - only more so. An author well worth the reading, short story collections, such as this, ...more
Philip Burt
Sep 01, 2011 Philip Burt rated it it was amazing
The simple, vivid writing stays true to Bradbury's collection of stories in novel form, and the sense of eeriness one might draw from the original work is reflected well in the lively, detailed illustrations, as is the action. Though the characters follow their dreams of making a fresh start, both Bradbury's original work and the graphic novel portray that humans still have their flaws, even on Mars. I found Bradbury's take of what life is / would possibly be like on Mars to be very stimulating, ...more
May 29, 2017 Jim rated it really liked it
It was decent
I didn't care for this one. I didn't know what was going on. I should of read the original story first, then I may have known more. The pictures were interesting though.
I liked seeing the adaptation but I wanted to see more martians.
Mar 12, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Not a lot room for detail in the graphic novel.
Jul 23, 2013 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Earth is reaching for the stars and visiting one if their closest neighbors. Journeying to Mars, the Earthlings are discovering the indigenous population, and each mission brings a greater understanding to the Martians. From the initial attempts at contact to the colonization, Mars’ modern history is explored.

Adapted by Dennis Calero, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles is an illustrated retelling of the classic 1950 collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury. The graphic novel also is illust
Becky B
Ray Bradbury's classic tales of voyages to Mars from Earth that often result in tragedy adapted to graphic novel form.

That 3 stars up there is a generous form of 2.5. I liked certain parts better than others, and could have done without some stories. The art style fits the stories, but wasn't my favorite. I know I've read parts of The Martian Chronicles before, but I don't think the whole thing. From what I do remember, this seems a faithful rendition. Considering Bradbury himself did the intro
Jun 13, 2016 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Bradbury’s Martion Chronicles sind ein Meilenstein der Sci-Fi. Eine Sammlung lose miteinander verwobener Kurzgeschichten, die Auslöschung der indigenen Bevölkerung und die Besiedlung des Mars beschreiben. Mehr Sozial- und Zeitkritik als Sci-Fi. Wissenschaftlich unhaltbar aber wunderbar poetisch.
Dieses Buch versuchte Dennis Calero nun als Comic umzusetzen. Natürlich musste dabei ein Großteil der poetischen, grandiosen Sprache dran glauben. Wenn man nun diesen Comic liest und das Buch kennt, merkt
Mar 03, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it
p.46 We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.

Mr. Bradbury presents a rather gloomy view of colonizing Mars, it is delightful. Every new settlement story features the death of one civilization at the unfeeling hands of another. Coexistance between martians and homosapiens is never an option in the mind of the author; there includes no whisper of conciliation, only fear, violence, and death are possible outcomes. Bradbury outlines a violent culture (all of the characters are A
Aug 29, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it

My feelings on this are pretty similar to how I felt for the new graphic novel version of Something Wicked This Way Comes, adapted by Ron Wimberly. Good art, good plot, but over-burdened by Bradbury's own prose. Bradbury's leanings towards long, poetic sentences work great in prose, but for me they get in the way of how graphic novels work. There's no room for the art to tell any of the story because the words are doing so much of the heavy lifting. It makes no sense---Bradbury himself has
May 20, 2016 Korynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because the name of my favorite band, The Rocket Summer, comes from this book.

I really only enjoy sci-fi if it's believable. But this story wasn't believable. In this book, Mars is just like Earth: it has water and rain and trees and enough oxygen for people to survive. People live there and drive vehicles. If this book had been set on a fictitious planet, that would have made much more sense.

There was a large lack of world building and character building. The graphic novel fe
May 11, 2012 Randy rated it liked it
Leaving the earth and journeying to Mars has been a long time dream of humanity. In these stories, by classic sic-fi writer, Ray Bradbury, the drawings bring to life what his words have done for half a century. The stories still haunt as the earth people come into contact with the indigenous beings that live on Mars, and then gradually push them out of the way. The lessons learned on earth, the willingness to sacrifice others to gain what you want...they travel with the space men.

I picked this b
Jun 10, 2013 Karene rated it really liked it
Because I love Ray Bradbury so much, and because I love this book the best, I thought that this adaptation might be good. It is the authorised version which makes me wonder who else might have done something along these lines. There is something lacking however. Something that didn't translate as well from the written word to this graphic format. I still like it, I think it was well done, I especially liked the artists image of the's just that the dialogue seemed a little chunky an ...more
Dave Bartos
Oct 05, 2016 Dave Bartos rated it really liked it
I felt like something was missing for me from this graphic adaptation, and as I was skimming through Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles I figured it out. The chapter There Will Come Soft Rains is missing, which is one of the most powerful chapters and also one that would lend itself very well to a graphic interpretation. Reading this chapter again I can see the house, the clockwork spinning endlessly on, the family's charcoal silhouettes on the siding. All of this could have been done in 6 pages ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Kris rated it really liked it
I first read this book in middle school, and I fell in love with it.

While I was disappointed that a few of my favorite stories were not included in this graphic novel adaptation, it was really well done.
Aug 18, 2011 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was a great adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially loved Bradbury's introduction. Dennis Calero managed to make a great new piece of art while maintaining the integrity and feel of the original. Well done!

Although originally written in 1946, the stories are timeless and hold eternal truths about human nature, war and colonialism. I highly recommend this adaptation to all Bradbury fans. If you have never delved
Kim Herrington
I've never read the novel version of this story, so I can't compare the two versions. This review is strictly about the graphic novel. I thought the movement from one time period to another was a bit disjointed despite the month and year being stated at the beginning of each new chapter. Sometimes I could tell that present stories were connected to past one, but sometimes I could not. Overall, though, I enjoyed the attempt to make Mars into a heavenly but dead place. I found Bradbury's story ver ...more
Rose Heredia
I started reading this and was into the first few stories because I remembered them from the original incarnation. As I kept reading, something was missing, as other reviewers mentioned - Bradbury's exposition and description. His words and language, not just dialogue, were missing. The novel resonates with me because there is so much said in those stories. The graphic novel tries to but doesn't quite leave the same impact. I did want to like this but unfortunately, I was not enamored and will m ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this...I found it to be a real slog. I didn't love the Martian Chronicles the first time I read it (back in high school) since I don't love short stories and I found the fact that the stories were loosely related but not completely more confusing than helpful and, while the book brought back some memories of the original book, I mostly remembered how much I preferred Farenheit 451.
The humor, senselessness, despair, and emptiness of a Martian future is well-conveyed in this strong adaptation. That said, the original is superior. The most stirring moment in this graphic novel was in fact the introduction, written in July 2011 by Mr. Bradbury himself. In a few short paragraphs, Bradbury brought forth all his narrative genius and reminded me why I fell in love with science-fiction as a teenage boy in rural Indiana.
May 04, 2011 Marney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about how man corrupts the places he moves to but can sometimes create a beautiful new place when his eyes are open to the corruption. Bradbury used many of his familiar themes like fear at knowledge and imagination, burning of books to compensate for that fear.
There were lots of characters but not many recurring ones because it was basically a set of stories tied together by the settlement of Mars
Tom Donaghey
Mar 25, 2015 Tom Donaghey rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
RAY BRADBURY’S THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES: THE AUTHORIZED ADAPTATION is the graphic novelization of the classic tale of the Red Planet. I’ve enjoyed the novel greatly but this adaptation brings the words to life, enhancing the tales. Still eerie and spooky in their turn, there are new depths to the writing projected herein that in turn can lead to a greater understanding of the book.
This is a very enjoyable interpretation of the classic novel.
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